Intel LGA1366 Stock Cooler: Good Enough?

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Intel Core i7-980X Stock Cooler: Installation

The most critical aspect of installation is for the heatsink to be securely mounted. The more firmly it is installed, the better the contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU itself. It's also less likely to fall off. Ease of installation is also important — a simple mounting scheme means less time spent installing, and a reduced likelihood of screwing up.


The cooler mounts using four thumbscrews that are secured to a simple plastic backplate.


The screws are small and close to the board, making them difficult to access.


The tower hangs over the screws on one side. With large heatsinks on the board around the socket, getting to these screws is challenging, even with slender fingers.

 


Mounted.


LEDs at work.



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